Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Blood bank faces shortage

January is National Blood Donor Month because historically it is a tough month in which to collect blood. This year, the Blood Bank of Alaska reports a slow start to the year and across-the-board blood shortages, especially of types O, A and B.

Tuesday they rated the level as a critical shortage, with amounts 50 percent below overall safety levels.

To help, visit the Blood Bank of Alaska's peninsula office at the Blazy Mall in Soldotna or call 260-5672.

Chamber luncheon focuses on games

Faron Owen, of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, will speak about the 2001 Peninsula Winter Games at today's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Old Town Village Restaurant. Lunch begins at noon and is open to the public.

Anchor Point chamber to hold luncheon

The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Anchor River Inn. Biologist Gino Del Frate with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be the guest speaker, discussing the proposed shooting range in the Anchor Point area.

For more information, call (907) 235-2600.

SBDC offers business planning seminar

A good business plan conveys a business' prospects and growth potential and helps it attract financing and other resources.

Mark Gregory from the Small Business Development Center will give a business planning seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the SBDC office at the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Cost is $15.

To register, call 262-7497.

The SBDC is a partnership of the University of Alaska and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Fish and Game committee election planned

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet for its annual election at 7 p.m. today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Five three-year seats are open. Two are at-large; one is for hunting; one sport fishing; and one commercial fishing. Two one-year alternate positions also are open for election.

Social Security representative visits Kenai

A representative of the Social Security Administration will visit Kenai today to assist the public. Assistance will be available from noon to 4 p.m. at Kenai City Hall at 210 Fidalgo Ave.

Thursday, the representative will be in Homer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the senior center.

For more information, call (800) 772-1213.

Inspirational luncheon planned Friday

"Lost At Sea" will be the theme for the Take A Break and Get Inspired luncheon to be held Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Paradisos restaurant in Kenai. Judy Russell will sing, and the speaker will be Kathy Little, survivor of a hurricane at sea.

Cost of the luncheon is $11. It is open to the public. To make reservations, call Carol at 283-3158.

Forum set to discuss services for disabled

The state of Alaska will conduct its regularly scheduled review of developmental disabilities services provided by Frontier Community Services.

An open forum to solicit input will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the CARTS office at 43530 Kalifornsky Beach Road between Kenai and Soldotna. All are invited to attend and give their views on the services provided. People can request individual interviews by calling 262-6331 and leaving a message for Sherry Modrow. An interviewer will call back for a telephone interview.

Preschool cooperative enrolling now

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool is accepting 3- to 5-year-olds for a new afternoon class to begin soon.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool is a play-based, developmentally appropriate preschool, located on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and East Soldotna Avenue one block from the "Y."

For more information, call 262-9149 or Evelyn at 262-1298.

Youth basketball tourney sign-ups open

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula and the Peninsula Winter Games announce sign-ups for the Winter 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament for ages 14 through 16.

The tournament will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Kenai Rec Center.

Cost is $10 per entrant. All participants will receive a tournament T-shirt. Teams placing first, second and third will receive trophies.

Space is limited, so register early at the Boys and Girls Club office in Kenai. The deadline is Jan. 26.

For more information, call the Boys and Girls Club at 283-2682.

CARTS seeks volunteer drivers

The United Nations has designated 2001 as the International Year of the Volunteer. Now people can volunteer for the Central Area Rural Transit System to meet people and help the community.

Some people cannot get to church, to work, shopping or even to see the doctor. You can help by becoming a volunteer driver. Drivers use their own cars and get reimbursed 32.5 cents per mile. They must have their own insurance, but CARTS will provide coverage above their limits.

Cars must be safe, and drivers must have good records. All rides are scheduled at least a day in advance, and you only accept the trips you want.

Ask for a copy of the volunteer guide and sign up.

Especially, if you currently are driving your child to Sears Elementary, you could share the ride. Give CARTS a call.

To get a volunteer packet or the answers to any questions about low-cost public transit for the central peninsula, call Jennifer at 262-8900.

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